AT&T PARK — After a trying opening trip which featured eight blown leads and a 2-5 record, Bruce Bochy isn’t worried about the mindset of some of the young San Francisco Giants.
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“That’s what separates the average players from the good player,” the manager said during his pregame press conference on Monday morning. “The guys who can put that behind them and deal with adversity and the pressure of playing.”
“You can talk to them, try and help them as much as you can [but] ultimately it has to be them [who don’t] let it affect their play, their swing, their pitching — whatever it is,” Bochy added. “Those are the things that, to me, don’t just make a good player, but a great player.”
The club’s home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks offers one of the Giants vets — Matt Moore — a chance to atone for a forgettable season debut. Last Wednesday at Chase Field, Moore served up six runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings against Arizona.
“We’ve only played, what? Seven game?” Bochy said. “We’re 2-5 and it won’t be the only time this year we go 2-5.”
Cain stays in the fifth spot
Bochy confirmed that Matt Cain isn’t going anywhere after his ugly season-opening star at Petco Park. Cain couldn’t make it through the fifth on Friday against the San Diego Padres, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings.
Ex-Giant Blanco ‘progressing well’
Longtime Giant reserve Gregor Blanco is working his way back from an oblique injury in his attempt to earn a spot on the D-Backs’ roster. With his injury forcing him out of the picture for opening day, Arizona released Blanco from his minor league deal on March 27 only to re-sign him a day later.
“Blanco is beginning a little swing progression,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “He threw out to 60 feet and felt comfortable. Then the next step is getting a bat in his hands, which he did. He was taking some dry swings. I think the next step in the process is to get him on the tee. So, I saw him yesterday [and] had some face-to-face contact with him. He looked good. He felt like things were progressing very well.”
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